Creating an Innu Centred Enviromental Policy

Lead Author Trudy, Sable
Institution Contact Saint Mary's University 923 Robie St. Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 3C3
Co-Authors Helen Andrew, Innu Nation Office Sheshatshiu, Labrador Canada
Theme Theme 3: Local and Traditional Knowledge
Session Name 3.2 Local and traditional knowledge in supporting business and community development in indigenous regions of the North
Datetime Thu, Sep 15, 2016 11:00 AM - Fri, Sep 16, 2016 11:15 AM
Presentation Type Oral
Abstract text In 2012, the Office of Aboriginal and Northern Research at Saint Mary’s University entered into a five-year partnership agreement with the Innu Nation of Labrador as part of an international project entitled the Community Conservation Research Network (CCRN). The proposed project was to assist the Innu Nation in the development of an Innu-centred environmental policy in the face of a multi-year, multi-faceted land claims process they are currently negotiating within their ancestral lands, Nitassinan. This process includes the signing of an Agreement in Principle and a “land use” plan for designating different levels of land use practices once the land claims are settled. As well, the Innu are, and have been for years, involved in numerous negotiations concerning resource development projects within Nitassinan, and with provincial and federal government agencies to deal with multiple levels of land-use, e.g., forestry, fishery, and caribou and migratory bird management. Having only been ‘settled’ in communities since the 1960s, the Innu have faced many lifestyles changes, but are strong in their conviction that their traditional values and knowledge be incorporated into any environmental policies, and that these values and knowledge systems be the basis for all protocols relating to land use and conservation. This presentation will delve into the challenges and issues that have arisen during the project, including the multi-generational perspectives of community members including elders who grew up on the land and the youth who are growing up in the community.
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